Our team

The workforce
behind Usapho Foundation

Usapho Foundation has a few permanent staff as well as the occasional volunteer.

elize lombard

Founder & Director

Elize is a qualified Social Worker, mother of 2 girls and has always been passionate about working with families. She started working as a Student Social Worker at Correctional Services and qualified as a Social Worker while working there. She has extensive experience in working in Child Care Facilities, such as Boys Town and Tenterden Place of Safety in Wynberg.

For 11 years she worked for a Paediatrician as a Practice Manager. This equipped her with diverse management skills which continue to enable her to the run the organisation efficiently.

abigail osborne

Facilitator & Registered Counselor

Abigail obtained her Honours Degree in Psychology from The University of the Western Cape and is a Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Having previously worked within the NPO sector, she has strong organizational and administration skills. She hopes to grow with Usapho and to continue contributing effectively facilitate change and building better families within our communities. At present, Abigail co-facilitates the Teen Parenting Programme and also assists in the day-to-day administration of the organization.

shaville fledermaus


Shaville is a trained Pastor, holding a B-Theology Degree (BTH) from Baptist Seminary. Previously a journalist with Media 24, Shaville also has a degree in Journalism from Pretoria Technicon. Now serving as a pastoral counselor at His People Church, Shaville co-facilitates the Teen Parenting and Positive Parenting Programmes at Usapho, as well as delivering counselling services to couples and individuals.

As a mentor to the teen tatas in the Fatherhood Programme, and a father of two, Shaville provides a strong masculine presence and support to the fathers in this program.

danielle groenewald

Social Worker

Danielle is a registered Social Worker. In 2017 she completed her 4-year degree at the University of South Africa.

She has a great passion for helping others and she believes her purpose in life is to inspire and help people grow and adopt a winning mindset. Her passion for Social Work, and especially the development of families and children, sprouts from her own childhood experiences and her belief in the power of families and the resilience of children.